by Jason Pohl
I have a secret for you. All those poker books and articles, as helpful as they may be, don't tell you everything you need to know to become a winning poker player. The pros know this secret. You don't hear Ted Forrest or Daniel Negreanu or Layne Flack (or just about any professional poker player for that matter) berating authors for giving away the secret formula to success. I didn't see an uproar in the poker community when Phil Hellmuth recently told us how to Play Poker Like the Pros. Why wouldn't they complain? Their whole livelihoods would appear to be at risk.
But that's not the secret. It might be a secret, unspoken by many players because they want you to believe their books will help you make millions of dollars and leave the boredom of your current paper pushing or burger flipping job behind. But it's not the secret I have for you. If it was, this would be a very short article indeed.
I've read over 40 poker books. Mathematics, strategy, and psychology are all covered. Tournaments, Low Limit Hold'em, Middle Limit Hold'em, No Limit and Pot Limit Hold'em, 7-card Stud, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo Split, Zen (or Tao) Poker. I kid you not. I've read them all, many of them more than once. My favorite book, Theory of Poker, I've read over 25 times. Most of them helped; a few of them hindered. But none of them told me what I really needed to know to become a winner. It took me years of playing and struggling and reading and discussing...thousands of message board posts, hundreds of articles, and more money spent on my "tuition" than I care to imagine.
But I'm going to give you a secret that will help take you down the path to success without all the heartache, pain, and tribulations. And it's a heck of a lot cheaper too. So, without further ado, here it is.
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